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Title: Pulse Check: Trends in Drug Abuse-Special Topic: A Look at Local Drug Markets
Author(s): Marcia Meth; Rebecca Chalmers
Corporate Author: Johnson, Bassin, and Shaw, (JBS) Inc
United States of America
Date Published: November 2002
Page Count: 92
Sponsoring Agency: Johnson, Bassin, and Shaw, (JBS) Inc
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3803
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Office of National Drug Control Policy
Washington, DC 20500
Contract Number: 282-98-0011
Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
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United States of America

Office of National Drug Control Policy
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United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This document provides highlights of a study on drug trends in the United States.
Abstract: The study was based on telephone discussions with 78 epidemiologists, ethnographers, law enforcement officials, and methadone and non-methadone treatment providers from 20 sites in June and August 2002. Results reveal that, when comparing spring 2002 with the previous fall period, the majority of sources believed their communities’ drug abuse problem to be very serious but stable, although a substantial percentage believed the situation to be somewhat worse. Heroin continues to surpass crack as the drug associated with the most serious consequences, particularly in the Northeast and Midwest. Crack remains a serious problem, particularly in the South. Marijuana remains the most widely abused illicit drug. Methamphetamine is reported as an emerging or intensifying problem in 10 cities. Sources in eight cities, particularly in the West, consider it the drug contributing to the most serious consequences. Some signs indicate that diversion of OxyContin (oxycodone hydrochloride controlled-released) might have peaked during the last reporting period. It continues to be reported as an emerging problem by sources in 14 cities. Ecstasy or MDMA continues to emerge or intensify as a problem in all but five cities: in Detroit, Miami, New Orleans, New York, and Portland (Maine), it has now either leveled off or has become an established drug of abuse. 59 exhibits, 5 appendices
Main Term(s): Drug statistics; Future trends
Index Term(s): Controlled Substances; Crime patterns; Drug abuse; Drug research; Estimating methods; Prediction
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